Adding Christmas Cheer With Recipes & DIY’s

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, this season is all about giving and spreading Holiday Cheer. It’s my favorite time of year! At the bottom I want you to share your favorite ways to share some “cheer” with others. Here are a few of my favorites including a recipe & DIY tips:

Spread Cheer to Friends – My favorite way to celebrate the holidays with friends is by hosting our annual Christmas party. This is an adults only cocktail party where everyone dresses up, we serve lots of heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a signature drink. It’s always been one of my favorite days of the year! Try this red colored cocktail to get you going, and give it a festive name like “Santa’s Helper.”

Santa’s Helper

1 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Amaretto

3 oz Cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a gumdrop.

Spread Cheer to Family – No one appreciates photos of the kids like family members! Make your own photo greeting cards  using simple props and a fabric backdrop. The grandparents will love these!

Spread Cheer to the Kids – This seems like a no brainer, but this is a great time to begin traditions and make memories that your kids will cherish forever. You can make crafts, bake cookies, or host decorating parties for them & their friends. These candy Christmas trees are a great project to make with the kids or to use as a centerpiece or other table top decoration. Here’s what you do:

Materials:

craft cones of different heights

A mix of candies like peppermints, gum drops, marshmallows, etc.

Hot glue gun

Ribbon

Unwrap candy and begin attaching it to the cone from the bottom upward. Be sure to complete it all the way around before moving up to the next row. You can mix & match candies in rows or use all one type per tree. Top the completed tree the a ribbon bow. You can wrap them in a plastic bag and store them for next year if you keep them in a cool, air tight location.

Spread Cheer to Strangers – Most people love to give to special causes during the holidays whether it’s Make A Wish, Coats for Kids, the Angel Tree, or whatever. I will be choosing items from the Operation Shower Wish List and purchase them to be added to the “Showers in a Box” next year.

Share how you spread real cheer with your holiday decorating ideas. Please include images (optional)! We want to see your decorating in all of its glory and get into the holiday spirit! :)

Now I’d love to know, how do you spread real cheer with your holiday decorating? Please reply below and unwrap coupons and deals from Sears by seeking inspiration in the Cheer Tree. For all your holiday decorating needs and solutions, don’t forget to visit Sears and discover real deals, real cheer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sears. The opinions and text are all mine.

Share how you spread real cheer with your holiday decorating ideas. Please include images (optional)! We want to see your decorating in all of its glory and get into the holiday spirit! :)

Now I’d love to know, how do you spread real cheer with your holiday decorating? Please reply below and unwrap coupons and deals from Sears by seeking inspiration in the Cheer Tree. For all your holiday decorating needs and solutions, don’t forget to visit Sears and discover real deals, real cheer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sears. The opinions and text are all mine.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.